Elwood Brehmer

  • Alaska’s tourism industry should be a bright spot in 2016 as other sectors of the state’s economy face uphill battles.  The final tally of cruise passengers, which often make up more than half of all visitors to the state, is expected to be up about 2 percent over what was a strong 2015, ac...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:51am
  • An independent review of the Legislative Council’s options to deal with the Anchorage Legislative Information Office building found the cost of purchasing the building to be nearly on par with moving the Legislature’s Anchorage offices elsewhere. San Francisco-based Navigant Consulting Director ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:27pm
  • With little appetite from legislators for a general obligation bond package, bare bones capital budgets the next couple years are probably a harsh reality of the state’s fiscal situation. The administration’s proposal for a $500 million general obligation, or GO, bond package to fund up to $250 ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:26pm
  • Enstar Natural Gas Co. appears to have locked up 90 percent of its gas supply needs into 2021 after finalizing a deal with Furie Operating Alaska. The gas supply and purchase agreement filed March 14 with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska is for a firm supply of 6.2 billion cubic feet, or bcf, of ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:25pm
  • Not surprisingly, Alaska’s fiscal picture got worse with the March 21 release of the 2016 Spring Revenue Forecast. Total state revenue for the 2016 fiscal year, which ends June 30, is now projected to be about $3.6 billion, down more than 60 percent from the $9.5 billion of income estimated in the...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 9:37am
  • The next court battle over the value of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System won’t be for at least another five years. Two settlements over the taxable value of TAPS between the State of Alaska, its owners and municipalities along the pipeline corridor were announced March 1. The agreements fix the va...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:23pm
  • City-owned Anchorage Municipal Light and Power and Chugach Electric Association agreed to purchase ConocoPhillips one-third interest in the Beluga River Unit gas field for a total of $152 million. Under the agreement ML&P will own 70 percent of the unit share and Chugach will take the remaining ...

    Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:34am
  • Alaska’s contractors will begin to feel the effects of the new oil reality in 2016 as statewide capital spending declines about 18 percent from last year, according to a construction industry forecast. The University of Alaska Anchorage Institute for Social and Economic Research projects just more...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:18pm
  • BP is cutting 4,000 jobs worldwide and some of those reductions will be in Alaska. An intra-company email obtained by the Alaska Journal of Commerce sent to BP Alaska employees Jan. 12 states that the company plans to reduce its total in state workforce by 13 percent. All employees should know their...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:57am
  • Those cushy state jobs are going to be a little harder to come by after Gov. Bill Walker’s administration instituted a state hiring freeze and travel restrictions Jan. 5 for all executive branch departments. Walker said during a press briefing that measures mostly already in place to restrict hiri...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:29am

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